In this first episode of Red Carpet Rookies, Mike sits down with Set Decorator turned Production Designer, Sonja Klaus. Sonja discusses her beginnings in the industry including early days with Andy Serkis, her rise to become Ridley Scott's go to Set Decorator and her thoughts on the future of the business. She even shares an anecdote about taking the X-Men First Class helicopter for a personal errand!
This week Mike chats with Oscar winning Lord of The Rings Costume Designer, Ngila Dickson. Ngila tells Mike of her fashion business beginnings in New Zealand before losing it all and ultimately pushing through to her Hollywood successes. Ngila shares why she chose to do Lord of The Rings, discusses 'low-grade' sexism against the costume department and why the Green Lantern suit famously turned out as it did!
An exciting week on Red Carpet Rookies as Mike sits down with Deadpool Director Tim Miller! Tim discusses his beginnings in animation, how he only got to direct his first movie at 50 and why he's glad that for all the challenges that came along the way. If that wasn't enough, Tim shares thoughts on his Netflix collaboration with David Fincher and why film studios will be 'fossils' if they don't keep up with the streamers! Thank you to US producer Zack Hardy for this episode.
Today's guest is a concept artist who has worked on most blockbusters you've ever heard of! Mike sits down for an in-depth chat on creativity and originality and Dom shared his experiences of pitching Godzilla with Gareth Edwards, as well as being one of the first people on the ground for Star Wars Rogue One. On top of that, Dom recounts his amazing first film experience on The Fifth Element and explains why concept art might be going the wrong way...and how to fix it!
This week Mike chats to one of the nicest and most talented guys in the business, Bill Corso! As personal makeup designer to Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Harrison Ford and more Bill has certainly seen it all. He shares stories of Jim Carrey writing himself a cheque for $10 million, advice for junior make up artists and how he visualised winning his Oscar!
This week Mike chats to Simon Crook about his journey from on-set driver to one of the business' most in-demand international Location Managers! Simon shares how walking past a Clint Eastwood movie first gained his interest in the industry, as well as tales of Tom Cruise and what it's like to race 50 cars across the desert for Mad Max!
This week Mike sits down with Oscar-winning Lord of The Rings set designer, Grant Major! Grant eloquently tells of his journey from young graphic designer to one of the world's leading Hollywood creatives, what he learned from Peter Jackson and how it feels to have influenced culture with his set designs.
In the final episode of series one, Mike has a relaxed chat with his friend and standby prop man, Graham Robinson. Graham shares amazing tales of his journey from music to the film business with discussions of rockstar nights out, spray painting cows and a multi-million dollar film unit watching him drop a dead fly!